Hearns Back At Practice After Injury

Tallahassee Lincoln HS linebacker James Hearns is back on the practice field after missing the end of last season with an ACL injury in November. The 2013 Florida commitment is excited to be back and practicing with his team. Get the latest on his recovery right here.

Florida linebacker commit James Hearns said he can't really even explain what it's like to be back on the field.

"(It's) a lot of emotion, joyful emotions. It's been awhile, it's good to finally come back. Running around makes me realize that injury didn't set me back as much as some people might think," Hearns said.

"It's going real good, everybody on the team is excited and we've come out on the same page, we all have the same goal in mind, there's a lot of intensity."

Hearns had ACL surgery on November 11, 2011, and has continued to work his rehab since. He says his knee feels good and he's able to move quite smoothly.

"It's fine. I'm not doing any contact this spring, but it's fine. There's no restrictions on my movement, it feels good, I'm comfortable with it and stuff like that, I'm actually out there doing all the drills with the team," he said.

He's looking forward to using this spring season as an opportunity for growth, especially on his technique at the linebacker position.

"I'm just looking to work on my blitz moves and stuff like that, instead of just trying to naturally overpower people, using more finesse moves and more technique," he said.

As college coaches make their rounds to different high school spring practices, Hearns expects his future Florida coaches to come Friday, and he's looking forward to showing them how healthy he is.

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